Giro d'Italia - Arnaud Demare: This is a relief
May 22 2019 02:22 am CET

Giro d'Italia - Arnaud Demare: This is a relief
Giro d'Italia - Arnaud Demare: This is a relief
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Groupama-FDJ's Arnaud Demare has taken his first victory in the Giro d'Italia at the 10th stage of the race. The Frenchman crossed the finish line ahead of Elia Viviani and Rüdiger Selig.

Demare survived the day's crash in the last kilometre and was the fastest of the remaining sprinters, taking like this the 65th victory in the race for France. The Frenchman launched a strong sprint that couldn't be beaten by the competition and crossed the finish line in the first place in Modena.

"I knew it would be a fast sprint with the last 20km very nervous," the rider commented after the finish line. "To avoid any crash, I asked my team-mates to keep me in the first ten or fifteen positions. They have been excellent. Ramon (Sinkeldam) has been very strong and Jacopo (Guarnieri) exceptional.

"A sprint like this, at full speed with no need to brake, was perfect for me. I and my team would have liked to win a sprint earlier in the Giro. I was always placed but I wasn’t winning. This is a relief. My goal is to reach Verona. If I have the legs to overcome the mountains, I’ll be there till the end."



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